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"hawaii 5-0" pushed around some veterans at pearl harbor last week so they could shoot their show and get it done on time. you spoke up and now there's an update. we'll share it. "fox & friends" starts just about now. >> thank you very much. 4 welcome to studio e here in the heart of midtown manhattan and if you're watching on the show yesterday where we did talk about the pearl harbor story regarding those guys who were interrupted by "hawaii 5-0" you were so outraged yesterday, today you will be quite happy at what happened. >> all right. we will follow that story. in the meantime, let's get right to your headlines. we're learning more this morning about one of the victims in the deadly army chopper crash. a 36-year-old was one of four soldiers killed at joint base louis mccord near tacoma,
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washington. he served three tours in iraq and afghanistan. he leaves behind a wife and four children including a son with special needs that they just adopted. >> he loved his kids and his wife above anything. he would have done anything for them. they don't make them like frank. they really don't. >> the army expected to release the names of the other victims today. overnight, police in belgium found another victim of a grenade attack and shooting rampage that left six people dead including the attacker. police say the body of a 45-year-old woman believed to be a cleaning lady was found at a warehouse used by the 33-year-old gunman to grow marijuana. he was a convicted sex attacker and drug dealer. investigators say he targeted christmas shoppers using a pistol, rifle and hand grenades. more than 120 people were hurt. the motives, though, still not known. the recently found cell phone of missing mom michelle parker is
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helping police in their search. investigators in florida are getting clues from her phone but they're not giving out the specifics. parker's iphone was found in a lake not too far from the home of her ex-fiance dale smith jr. he remains the main suspect in her disappearance. lumps of coal all around as the u.s. senate held its secret santa exchange. senator joe manchin gifted fellow democrat chuck schumer of new york with two pieces of west virginia coal carved in the shapes of a donkey and an elephant. manchin also received three lumps of colorado coal from democrat mark udall and those are your headlines. if they don't come to some sort of payroll tax decision, everyone might get coal in their stocking today if you're a member of congress. >> yeah, but what animal would it look like? >> i'm not going to go there. >> i got to tell you yesterday at 6:00, eastern time, "special report", the house passed the
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payroll extension tax bill allowing the tax holiday to go on so i guess they can go home, it will sail through the senate and the president will sign it, am i correct? am i right? >> warning, warning, brian kilmeade. absolutely not. the president has said his top priority is passing it. and the house did pass it. by the way, we should point out 10 democrats voted with 224 republicans to do that. but because the president has insisted that any tax cut extension must be paid for by jacking up taxes on certain successful americans, he has vowed to veto it. however, the senate -- the democrats in the senate will make sure that doesn't happen. they will save him that displeasure. >> yep, so they're going to vote no against this. and we should mention that 14 republicans voted no against it. it was bipartisan on both sides of the fence but senator barbara boxer. remember, it's coming now to the senate. she says that there's some sort of a deadly agent involved in this bill.
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>> they have given a poison pill, colleagues, literally because it will kill 8100 more people otherwise would have been killed from pollution. >> they're talking about a provision that would be in this bill, the republicans would include it. they would delay the e.p.a.'s industrial boiler regulations because it's another economy killer. this is another transition in our energy department that we can ill afford. this might not be the timing and we don't see 8100 people dealing over tomorrow. >> so she made the same kind of incendiary charge that guy from down in florida did, what the republicans want you to do about health care, die quickly. she's saying now that republicans have passed this thing, 8100 americans are going to die because of the boiler provision. i don't know where she comes up with that. that's just kind of the bomb she threw into the whole thing yesterday. >> what are the differences between republicans and democrats as far as how they want to pay for it? that's key in this whole thing. and one provision is the
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keystone pipeline. remember, this was going to be the pipeline from canada down to texas that at one point, president obama was in favor of. why? because it would create up to 20,000 jobs. and we are in an economy right now where we need to try to create jobs. but those who opposed it were the environmentalists. remember about a month ago, the president came out and said we're not going to make a decision until after the election and many people thought that was politics. now the republicans have attached that to this payroll extension. and the president has said, i will veto it so if he's working both sides of the fence on this, that's what the majority whip kevin mccarthy is saying. >> such hypocrisy. here's a presiden that campaigns around the country saying we can't wait. he says i can't make a decision. this is a pipeline that comes from canada and goes all the way to louisiana. supplies energy and make our energy price lower. if we don't make the decision, canada will sell it to china. this is a pattern of behavior when he was in the senate, his number one vote was to abstain. >> i'll tell you what, here's
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the reasoning. now, a lot of people say on the outside, they might have -- they might have a case, that keystone pipeline doesn't belong in this. you know, let's get the payroll tax holiday but if you also got to put unemployment insurance in this and put provisions in there that people are on unemployment for a certain amount of weeks have to start taking drug tests, why can't this keystone pipeline that's been directly linked to jobs be included in this and get people to vote it. >> the political peril for the president, right now he's struggling with his base and you've got the unions which want the jobs teaming with mitch mcconnell. >> exactly right. >> because it's a shovel ready project and whatever the estimate is, 20,000 jobs, 100,000 jobs or other numbers out there and on the other side, you've got the environmentalists and keep in mind, both those groups are funneling cash, campaign cash to the president right now. as soon as he -- if he were to decide, let's go ahead and i'll sign it and we're going to build it, there goes the environmental base. if he opposes it, there goes the union money.
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>> you know what the overarching thing is, the president wants us off oil and gas. technically long term he's right. he wants to go solid green. the economy can't afford to go solid green. green energy isn't there. if he puts an oil and gas pipeline in, how is he going to dump oil? >> exactly right. there goes the price. let us know what you think about that and it looks like members of congress will be sticking around a few more days until they sort this out. in the meantime, let's go back to the republican primary situation now. you have mitt romney and newt gingrich in what appears to be the battle for the top spot now. but really, it's a different kind a battle so for mitt romney, it's trying to get the republicans' primary voters to be on his side because look at how it stacks up this way. gingrich now 40%, he's broken the 40% barrier. romney is 23%. ron paul is surging at 9%. bachmann 8% and perry 6%. so then you have newt gingrich's problem with the general electorate. >> yeah. >> where romney and the face-off
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is against obama. >> if you put newt against obama and mitt romney against obama, look at these results. the president beats romney by just two points so within the margin of error and this is a guy in mitt romney that's trailing by 20 points going into most polls overall with the republicans as gretchen mentioned and then you have president obama taking on newt gingrich so right now would get the nomination if it was to end today. look at that lead. that's not even close. that shows you that maybe -- maybe the moderates are not showing up on these primary polls because mitt romney clearly has the moderates and almost has no shot at the tea partiers. >> right. >> where i think newt locked them up and ron paul has locked them up. >> so mitt romney could win the general election but he can't win the primary at this stage. the big question is is president obama beatable? and the answer is yes because if you look at exactly the same "wall street journal" poll that we're quoting this morning, about 70% of all of you feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction and when it
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comes to whether or not you approve of the way the president of the united states is handling the economy, 39% approve but 57% disapprove and that's exactly where it was last month so the president has got some real problems. he is vulnerable. it just depends on who the republicans put out there. >> so the first contest is going to be in iowa less than three weeks away now. let's look at the latest iowa poll. >> this is stunning. >> you can see that newt gingrich is on top 22% but look who is in surging magnificently, if you're a ron paul fan, 21%, mitt romney at 16%. michelle bachmann up as well to 11%. >> but if the people of iowa are responding without herman cain there and having seen newt gingrich be attacked by ron paul, you know what they're saying? i like ron paul's attacks on newt beginni gingrich and if neo win iowa, new hampshire he will likely lose, he's going to have to wait three weeks to get the victory he's sure to get as of right now in south carolina and in florida and that would get
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the uncertainty away from newt gingrich where everyone says, well, look at this, it's inevitable. if you barely get iowa or lose iowa and you don't win new hampshire, where's that air of inevitability. you ask rudy giuliani about that, he's going to inevitably win florida. you wait in florida. by the time it gets to florida, it's nowhere. >> what happens if ron paul wins iowa? >> that's what i'm saying. he's not going to win new hampshire and in south carolina he's not polling very strongly so i think that if i gets close to newt gingrich, newt gingrich will be saying what happened to my 10 point lead? what do the people of america have a problem with me that i lost that and maybe other states will think the same thing. >> stand by for that. more politics very shortly with the great dick morris. in the meantime, we told you yesterday about how a number of world war ii veterans, survivors from pearl harbor, average age was 91. they went to the national memorial cemetery of the pacific on friday during pearl harbor
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week where they so happened to be shooting an episode of "hawaii 5-0". well, the crew there was very disrespectful. they essentially told the people at the cemetery, look, we rented this part of the cemetery. you can't walk over there. they shooed them off and told them to be quiet and they were disrespectful during the playing of the national anthem and of "taps" as well. >> and so they were looking for an apology. and cbs has put out yet another statement now, this is from the executive producer of this show. any rudeness by our staff can only be attributed by haste to finish our work, not a lack of respect for men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. we sincerely apologize to any that were offended. now, we want to tease that coming up, we're going to ask whether or not that apology will be accepted by a veteran. >> by a veteran, too, and the courage of that, i think it's a denver reporter. >> right, koa. >> that wrote the story up. here's the other thing, the veterans wanted to meet some of the actors and they were told no. if you really felt an apology
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and cbs, i believe, has the money. maybe you can offer to fly those guys back or drive them over if they live there and maybe go see the show. maybe go meet the people or dare i say, you take a couple of stars and you go to the next -- the vets hall where a lot of them got together and just express your displeasure with the way they acted. >> because the sad part is with the average age of these guys, 91 and some of them are in the upper 90's, how many of them will be able to make the long trip back to hawaii for the next time? so it's too bad that this one visit was marred by "hawaii 5-0" but cbs is now trying to make good on that. >> coming up on our show, new numbers show which way swing states are swinging right now. we're breaking down what this means in the race for the whousz and the senate. it dick morris is up next. >> plus, brian -- have you seen a christmas card like this? >> no. >> family that's very awkward this holiday season. >> thank you, brian. >> that can't be me. i recognize myself.
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>> 16 minutes after the top of the hour. maybe he's been studying the polls but even president obama acknowledged the election won't be a slam dunk especially in key swing states. voters who identified themselves as democrats in key swing states, well, it's dropped five points since 2008 to 30%. at the same time, the number of voters leaning republican have climbed from 38% to 43% while democrat leaning voters stayed the same. dick morris, former advisor to president clinton and the author of "dubs goes to washington" that cute little book about his dog joins me now.
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>> my dog is -- not my dog is a great christmas present but the book about my dog is a great christmas present. >> let's talk about shifting party affiliation in the swing states. shifting more to republicans, why? >> i don't know if the data on the screen is correct. it's a five point drop among democrats and a five point rise among republicans, just a literal shift like that. i guess you got to -- >> from 2008 until now. >> you got it right. ok. so the -- really, what's happening is that the traditional swing states, ohio, pennsylvania, michigan, wisconsin are moving decisively republican and in some cases are really no longer swing states. the states that aren't normally swing states but have large black populations largely in the south are now -- obama hopes will become swing states by having a large african-american turnout.
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so virginia, north carolina, arizona with the latino population, nevada, those are states that are sometimes swing but usually not in the same sense that ohio and the industrial heartland are. >> what's also interesting to me in that same poll was the growing number of independents across the country. i mean, i think one of the figures was maybe 37% to 40% independent now. >> obama does very poorly among the independents. his votes are -- have come overwhelmingly from the democratic states. >> he got the majority in 2008. >> no i mean now. >> 2081. now he's losing. >> i want to bring you to a quote from congressman cardoza, democrat out of california. an amazing quote from an op ed that he wrote. after observing president obama for the last three years, it has become obvious to me that the president might prefer to be a university professor rather than do the job he holds today and that's from a fellow democrat. why is he saying that?
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>> well, that's always nice to have your party helping out in the election coming. i thought there was something really significant and you have a column on my web site about this today. obama gave the statement to "60 minutes" where he said essentially it boils down to do you believe in the republican philosophy of tax cuts or don't you? and what that statement said to me is first of all, he wants to focus on the republican plans, not on his own. secondly, he doesn't want to defend his record. he wants it to be my proposals against their proposals. and thirdly, that he does not want to be running based on anything that -- on the issue of competence. in other words, he wants it to be what do you advocate, not are you competent to getting the stuff done? and that's the opposite of what the republicans should do. the key thing the republicans have to do is to ask the following question. what will you possibly do in the next four years that you haven't done in the first four years? and has failed? >> he said he needed another
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term, maybe even another president to do all he wanted to do. dick morris, stick around, if you will, because tomorrow is fox newschannel debate is make or break for some of the candidates and dick says there's one thing that romney needs to do. he'll answer that coming up. he promised to crack down on illegal immigration. not this hard. it's now affecting legal americans, too. a vacation on a budget with expedia. make it work. booking a flight by itself is an uh-oh. see if we can "stitch" together a better deal. that's a hint, antoine.
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>> quick headlines. glad you're up. the republican presidential candidate newt gingrich firing his political director in iowa for saying evangelical christians thinks god would reject mitt romney because of
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his mormonism. the defense secretary says there's no plans to stop the drone program along the border. he said it will absolutely continue despite the loss of a valuable drone to iran. that was an exclusiveer interview for fox. >> it was. today's final debate is before the iowa caucuses, what should newt gingrich do to solidify his lead? >> and should mitt romney take off the kid gloves. if you're advising mitt romney and newt gingrich, tell me the two most important points in the debate. >> romney at this point has to get out of the way and let newt gingrich do his thing and let gingrich be out there and take all the shots and take all the flak because what happens in this process is whoever is in the lead gets all of the attacks, the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune go right
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his way and i think that that's a process that brought down a whole series of republican candidates. and now i think those shots are directed at gingrich. i don't think that gingrich is going to be knocked out in the same way that cain was or perry or the others. but i do think it's going to go down to a two way fight but i think newt is going to come back to earth and it will be a tough two way fight straight through the rest of the process. what newt has to do is have the same great debate performances he's had before this past saturday. i didn't think he did well on this debate on saturday. abc thinks otherwise but they want him to win and i think newt did not do well in the saturday debate. he did much better in the previous ones and for him to keep his frontrunner status and build it back up in iowa, he's got to shine. he's got to be newt gingrich. >> why does abc want them to win? >> because abc is democrat and
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the democrats are laboring under the point of view that gingrich would be easier to beat than romney. now, they say that because it's true that romney is a better candidate for the swing voters. but a lot of the republicans believe that gingrich will summon a passion and a strength that romney won't. and that therefore turnout will be higher. but democrats tend to believe with the republicans in the swing voter area. >> the thing is, too. i think republicans look at newt gingrich and see how well he debates and say that's the guy that really -- >> that's what i mean by passion. >> look at iowa, i couldn't believe this poll. you have newt gingrich in front by one point. >> but look at the emergence of ron paul at 21 and romney at 16. >> who looks worse, romney or newt in this? >> well, newt because romney doesn't need iowa. newt does. let me say this. i absolutely guarantee that if ron paul is the republican
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nominee, barack obama will be re-elected with more than 40 states going democratic. there is no chance on earth this planet or the next that ron paul could ever come close to defeating barack obama. so anybody that votes for paul -- why is he surging? nobody is attacking him. a is attacking b and c is surging. that's all it has to do with. and you can't have a kanld date that says basically let iran develop a bomb, pull out of all of afghanistan. >> let israel die. >> let israel die. legalize drugs and stop fighting the war on terror, repeal the patriot act and expect this guy to win. n anyone in iowa voting for ron paul should put the word o-b-a-m-a over their sticker. was that emphatic enough? did you get that i don't like
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ron paul very much? >> don't e-mail us about dick morris. good to see you, dick. see you next week. you can see thursday night's debate on fox news. it's 9:00 p.m. eastern time. >> probably don't support him so far and the last one before iowa. meanwhile, your state may already have this law. the fed says it's not enough. they want a nationwide ban on all cell phones behind the wheel. but is this just a way to raise money? stuart varney weighs in next. >> plus, is this what your christmas card looks like? well, it is for one family. some families celebrate the holiday a little differently. a look at some awkward family photos when we come back. >> first happy birthday to cliff williams, the ac/dc bassist turns 62 today. people love the surf & turf. you can't go wrong.
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pacifier and head straight to the christmas tree lights. >> this whole family patiently awaited old st. nick's arrival by sporting their favorite -- >> the judge thinks that's funny. >> oh, my goodness. >> and the mayor of san juan, puerto rico opted for this bizarre kill scene for the family christmas card. the photos all put up on awkwardfamilyphotos.com where you can see a lot of awkward family photos. >> so send us yours of -- none of us are going to be offering any of our personal ones, right? >> right. if mine ends up on there, i made a mistake. these people did not make a mistake. they chose to be on there. >> that's great, i believe. >> here's the naked guy in the back? >> i was going to let it go. it looks exactly like the guy that played on "saturday night live." >> i think that guy is skinnier than the guy that plays -- >> it's definitely heavier than
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brian kilmeade. >> thankfully i haven't seen that guy naked. i'll go with your assessment. >> let's keep it that way. 27 minutes before the top of the hour. why are you shaking your head? president obama heading to fort bragg, north carolina today to mark the end of the war in iraq. some say this victory lap is not deserved. peter doocy is live with more. hey, peter. >> hey, brian. as you said, the president and the first lady will fly down to fort bragg in north carolina later this morning and the way that the white house has explained the speech to us, it's going to be an opportunity for the president to mark the end of the iraq war. >> the iraqis security forces have gotten more and more effective. that doesn't mean things are perfect there. it does mean that it was time for them to take full responsibility for their country. and that was their preference as well as ours. >> but republicans are saying
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they think fort bragg amounts to nothing more than a victory lap for president obama. and senator john mccain is expected to give a speech later today on the floor of the senate very similar to this statement his office put out on monday where he said "the sacrifices of both our peoples in a long and costly war, the continued needs of iraq's security forces and during u.s. interests in a stable and democratic iraq all demanded a continued presence of u.s. troops beyond this year but domestic, political considerations in each country have been allowed to trump our common security interest." press secretary at the white house jay carney said the president is looking forward to thanking the one million troops that served and discussing what the sacrifice they made all means now as the iraq war is just about as -- we're about 2 1/2 weeks before all u.s. troops are set to leave iraq, i should say. back to you guys. >> thanks a lot, peter, also the president of iraq says this. it will record that the liberation of our country was not only an important turning point for us but was an
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important beginning for the region. a lot of people think it gave bitter -- birth to the arab spring. an obama administration crackdown on illegal immigrants is reportedly jailing more and more u.s. citizens. "the new york times" reports that bungled arrests are caused by flawed information from the department of homeland security's computer data bases. the number of americans wrongfully arrested, not known because homeland security reportedly does not keep track of that embarrassing figure. >> fox news has learned investigators are checking jon corzine's phone records now and e-mails to see if he misled investors in the days before his former brokerage m.f. global collapsed. brokerage firm, that is. corzine back in the congressional hot seat tomorrow. in a senate hearing yesterday, the former democratic governor and senator from new jersey was grilled again about a billion dollars in customers' money that's now missing. >> i never gave any instructions to misuse customer funds. i never intended anyone at m.f.
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global to misuse customer funds. >> a financial exchange executive testified that corzine knew $175 million of his customers' money was being improperly transferred out of the firm a week before it went bankrupt. oops! >> he just doesn't know where to put a billion dollars. it happens to all of us. a wrong turn landed one police officer up a pole. yep, it happened in miami, florida, the officer apparently dropped his pen and took his eyes off the road to get it. that's when he swerved and drove his car right up the light pole and the officer walked away unharmed. however, he knocked out power to the entire community. >> oh, my! >> an army vet turned baptist pastor never thought his military training would come in handy in his church life but he was wrong. the pastor was relaxing at home when he spotted someone throwing a rock into the church's window and crawling inside. he ran to the church and found the burglar and wrestled him to the ground. >> then i pulled him up and we
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went back down the hall here to a place that i know that there's a telephone. >> well, the suspect says he wasn't trying to steal anything. just trying to use the phone? likely excuse. >> even jon corzine doesn't believe that. can you hear me now? the federal government is considering banning all cell phones behind the wheel. >> that's right. the national transportation safety board recommendation would even include hands-free devices but is this really a good idea? >> stuart varney is here to weigh in as he does every morning. don't look at me like that. don't look at me like that. >> i don't know what you think i'm going to say. but i know you're going to disagree with me. >> i don't know. let's hear it. >> first of all, we should never, ever encourage any kind of distracted driving. we're all in the same game. none of us wants to face that kind of risk when we go on the roads. got it. this is a total ban, a complete, total ban on the use of any handheld device or hands-free device while you're driving.
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ok, can you imagine if this proposal were to become law in all 50 states? virtually all of us would become a lawbreaker. who hasn't used a hands-free device? >> how do you enforce that? >> second, the law would not be reputable because it would be seen as a revenue raiser for the local authority and what would you think it would do to productivity? how many millions of americans are getting in their cars right now and will check in at the office on the drive into work. >> the problem is 900,000 accidents last year -- 900,000 because of distracted driving. 3,000 people killed in the united states because of distracted driving so that's their recommendation. it's completely unenforceable and going forward, you know, distraction takes many forms. >> look, the use of this proposal is maybe to give publicity to the idea that we should not be distracted in any way shape or form while we're driving. to have this proposal become full law, i don't think it's going to happen.
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>> let's think about what a hands-free device does, it allows you to have a conversation with a person on the phone. should we not be allowed to talk to the driver while he's driving? >> the radio. >> you can't have a radio! that could be distracting. especially the song that you like and you start getting a lot of energy and you go too fast. >> what about drive-through fast food places. you can't have that. am i going to eat and drive at the same time? good heavens. can't have it. >> you can make $3 million. >> what about the stereotype of women putting on lipstick and mascara. >> i'm not going there. >> i was waiting for my colleagues to get their questions in. so my -- my point was that i thought it was that you could -- that they were going to ban using the ear phones. they're going to ban that, too? >> uh-huh. i believe it's a total ban. hands free. i'm not for that, i think people should be able to conduct business. i don't agree with you it's a flat out revenue maker. >> no, it's not just a flat out revenue raiser. it's an attempt to go in the right direction because we do
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want to get rid of distraction while we're driving. look at all these accidents that steve pointed out and the death. this is a terrible thing. this goes far too far. technology has lept over the law and the law has to keep up with the technology and a ban on all devices will be good if you allow hands-free devices. >> and billboards, i look to the right to see what the billboard says while i'm still driving. if i'm caught moving my head slightly, i deserve jail. >> is there anyone in our audience or on the couch that has never, ever used a hands-free device while driving. >> i have. i noticed i just went a mile and it scared the living daylights out of me. people need to realize if i do this, i can kill myself. >> you're the one arguing this morning. >> i'm saying we have enough laws. we're already overregulated. use your common sense. >> you drove a mile looking down. >> that's what i was trying to figure out. >> no.
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>> the world of golf has a new crop of winning new players. you might have seen it this year like keegan bradley but our next guest thinks it would be more fun to return to the rat pack
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time of golf. it was more fun. >> like our parents era, right? joining us to explain is the author of the new book "two good rounds." it's a great christmas gift. there's so many wonderful pictures in here and you talk about little unknown facts about the players. for example, let's take a look at a picture of jack nicklaus and arnold palmer. what are they doing here? >> this is a very interesting story that jack has said in precisely that era, you know, during the time in palm springs, they used to get together with their wives and go to -- after the tournament and sinatra and some of these guys would come together for these jam sessions and they bumped into a woman on the way to bathroom and her wig knocked off so one of them picked it up and put it on their heads. went out to the dance floor and started dancing together. this gives you an idea, i think there was a lot more comraderie. >> that's when you party and you hang out and look at the round that you had. good or bad, you're hanging out
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together. those days are gone currently and it's sad to you. >> i just think that we need -- it would help golf, you know, because of the recession and because of what's going on, it would help for everybody just to get back to socialization. the clubhouse has always been a wonderful place for people to connect and communicate and as much as we're connected on facebook and twitter and everything else, we need that human intersection and this is something we can all relate to. everybody who has played a round afterwards has celebrated with friends and pros have done the same thing. >> ernie els you say was your best overall interview, why? >> he's such a genuine guy. he said let's sit down and have lunch and it was very, you know, he's just a really great guy and he has great stories and i think he has given so much back to the game, too. he has a great line, too. >> smart guy to get in that shot. picture of me if you can plug my wine. what about this? what about some of the golf courses, for example, the course
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in bermuda. >> it's a stunning golf course. you overlook the ocean. i mean, it's one of those special places that we're so fortunate to be there. >> your best female interview is a woman who has been on our show a lot, annika sore nstam. >> she's a very giving person and her brand has evolved. with we first started drinking wine, is it red or white? she's taken an interest in learning about wine making and foods and things like that. it's evolved for her as well. >> more well rounded player and superstar. you look to the player that used to hang out and have a few. nancy lopez's favorite drink would be milk. >> interesting, isn't it? >> on the 19th hole, the 19th hole drink for nancy is milk. >> she regretted that she did not put -- she said i wish i would have put it in a trophy. a lot of people put champagne in a trophy.
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she never put milk in the trophy. >> what about chi chi rodriguez? >> johnny walker and rum and coke, you know, from puerto rico so very fitting. >> why did you want to write this book? >> i've been in the golf industry for 12 years and on the business side mostly and writing a column about tour players off the course and celebrities in golf and i thought it was a nice connecting point that amateurs and pros could share. it's a tough job. they don't travel with the team and you don't hear much about what they do. a lot of them have wine brands that are great. fuzzy zoeller has a vodka. >> one from northern ireland likes guiness. i had no idea. those are some of the discovers in this book. >> thank you guys. >> donald trump firing himself now as moderator of the upcoming republican debate. the donald explains in his own words top of the hour. >> and one nation, two languages, students forced to say the pledge of allegiance in
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>> the pledge of allegiance is stirring controversy in the city of lamont, california. lamont elementary school students have been reciting the pledge of allegiance in english and in spanish simultaneously since 2002. but one teacher wants to change that. joining us now is a third grade teacher at the lamont school district, armando ruiz joins us from l.a. hello there. >> good morning. >> since 2002, they've been reciting it in english and then in spanish as well.
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why? >> i think a lot of our teachers or a few of our teachers took this upon themselves as well to accommodate our students that are in their classes. >> right. and 97% of the kids in that school are -- english is a second language to them. >> yes and i actually teach an english only classroom. >> ok. now, you say that the pledge of allegiance should only be recited in english. why? >> it's an act of patriotism towards our nation. i grew up in the united states. i'm a natural born citizen. my parents came over from mexico but went through the process of becoming a citizen. to them, it's an act of honor to be able to recite something according to our nation. i have a problem with the fact that we're manipulating something to accommodate a certain group of people.
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it shouldn't be that way. especially if we are trying to teach our children the history of our nation. it's something that is -- will benefit them even more instead of enabling them and crippling them in a different manner. >> now, armando, some say they just want it in english. that's racist. how do you reply to that critic? >> i know that's wrong and i think it's wrong for someone to come up and say this is a racist remark. as a american, i'm more offended by that. i'm more offended when i hear the pledge of allegiance spoken in spanish. it takes away the meeting of what our fathers found it for as a nation. and i think that if there is no reason why we should have to manipulate our national documents or our hymns in any manner into a different language just to fit a community. i think it we want our students to be more productive in our society and in our communities, we need to teach them the true history and the true language
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that they are learning in our classrooms that they're being tested on. >> good point. >> and another thing, we have our dual immersion classrooms that are some of them are opposed to this but when it comes to our state exams, none of our classes are being mandated to take the test in spanish. >> that's interesting. >> all in english. >> all right. >> so if we -- >> i've got to get in what the superintendent says. here's the statement. we believe the pledge of allegiance is one of the foundations of the country. our parents suggested we do the pledge of allegiance in english and spanish and i understand that apparently they're going to revisit it and, perhaps, they'll continue it, perhaps it will just be in english. joining us this morning from l.a., we thank armando ruiz third grade schoolteacher in that district. thank you. >> thank you. >> do you think it's appropriate to do it in both languages? e-mail us, friends at foxnews.com. the results are in. researchers have pinpointed which town has the least handsome man in america. we'll tell you where.
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heart smart idaho potatoes. always look for the grown in idaho seal. >> good morning, everyone. today is wednesday, december 14th. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks so much for sharing your time with us today. they are the frontrunners in the race for the white house but can they really win? new polls on mitt romney and newt gingrich revealing exactly what's stopping them. it's two different things. very fascinating. >> really. donald trump fires himself from moderating the debate and he does it in the third person. >> i've decided to cancel the debate. i don't want to waste a lot of newt's time or rick santorum's time or donald trump's time. so i won't give up the possibility of come around june running as an independent candidate. >> right. that's not the only reason why. mr. trump will explain. what an exciting day.
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>> no kidding. hands off! the p.c. police are back on patrol. where handshaking is being banned because some cultures find it offensive. we don't. gretch, put her there! >> all right. brian? >> fist pump, fine. he doesn't like it. do you? "fox & friends" hour two for a wednesday starts right there. >> this is herman cain and you're watching "fox & friends." >> thank you very much, mr. cain. you know, you can't get into politics if you don't like to shake people's hands. howard hughes, he was one thing. he was eccentric and he touched everybody with a kleenex but he never ran for anything other than cover. >> right. donald trump doesn't like to shake hands. he might still run as an independent. >> one of the reasons that howard hughes didn't like to shake hands is he didn't cut his nails. he was a little worried about that. whatever happened to him? >> he died and they're at the sands. >> what a shame. >> ok. after that, i have to try and
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read headlines and we're learning more in a serious story about one of the victims in the deadly army chopper crash. the 36-year-old frank bonaconte was one of four soldiers killed at joint base louis mccord near tacoma washington. he served three tours in iraq and afghanistan. he leaves behind a wife and three children including a son with special needs that they just adopted. >> he loved his kids and wife above anything. he would have done anything about them. they don't make them like frank. they really don't. >> the army expected to release the names of the other victims today. overnight, police in belgium found another victim of that grenade attack and shooting rampage that left six people dead including the attacker. police say the body of a woman believed to be a cleaning lady was found at a warehouse used by the 33-year-old gunman. to grow marijuana. he was a convicted sex attacker and drug dealer. investigators say that he targeted christmas shoppers using a pistol, a rifle and hand grenades. more than 120 people were hurt.
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but the motive is still not known. iran ready to take precautions to protect its nuclear facilities. a senior iranian military commander says his country's nuclear facilities may be moved to safer locations to prevent being hit by possible american or israeli air strikes. iran has built nuclear labs underground and deep inside a mountain. ever wonder where the least handsome men in the country live? >> yeah. >> no, i want to know where the most handsome live. guess what, here's a new survey from living social. it's located the least handsome city in sacramento, california. the survey says the dudes there are, well, duds. sacramento is also found to have the worst personal hygiene than any other u.s. city. how do you do that study? walk up to somebody's armpits? i don't understand how they can come up with that. >> that's a good point. >> pull a volunteer to do that study. that's the big thing. gallup people asks you questions and the other guy smells you. a little closer. a little closer.
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>> how can you possibly say that a city is ugly? >> well, they did! and they just got some publicity. >> well, well. >> i like you. i think they're beautiful people. >> capital city of california. brian just mentioned gallup. there's new polls out today we'll tell you about and if you look at the polls right now, exactly three weeks before iowa, mitt romney has some challenges with primary voters and let's take a look at the very latest "wall street journal" poll in the general and the primary, what would you vote for? look at that. ron paul at 9. there's a triple p poll out this morning that shows newt and ron paul tied and there's another poll that shows rick perry in third place. >> let's take a look at how the president matches up with mitt romney if they were head to head within the margin of error. newt gingrich within some polls you just saw with a 20 point lead on mitt romney gets
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trounced by president obama right now with the approval rating of 43%. president obama still wins 51-40. in iowa, this is significant, gretch. >> are these all voters? is that a poll of all voters? >> yes, in the general. >> if we go to iowa and try to parse it out anymore. this is a stunning poll, it shows newt gingrich has lost some support in iowa. 22%. he's still on top but ron paul surging to second place at 21%. romney is pretty much where he's been at 16%. and then bachmann surging, too, at 11% but the big story there is ron paul. saw dick morris on our show earlier saying if ron paul, dick morris' words wins iowa, it's not good news for the republican party. >> it shows the people of iowa think he should be the nominee. if you like ron paul or don't like him, he cannot win the general election with his stances on a myriad of issues. he's true to school. >> on that poll, if ron paul attacks newt gingrich directly
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with ads and every time he sees the microphone, he goes after newt gingrich and he gets that kind of result, what does that say for mitt romney if he wants to get the same result? and if you look at what ron paul is doing as somebody who can take iowa look for him for the first time to be a main target thursday night on fox. >> you got ron paul surging and actually, newt is -- his support is softening a bit in iowa and elsewhere. part of it has got to be the constant drum beat by a number of republican insiders who say look, you know, he's an extremist. he shouldn't be elected and -- >> fellow lawmakers who used to work with him, republicans. >> say he would be unreliable and he was erratic as a speaker. david axelrod sounded like a republican insider because he said regarding newt gingrich, the higher a monkey climbs up a pole, the more you can see his butt and he went on to say some speakers very high in the poll right now and we'll see how people like the view. people are getting a better view
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of newt gingrich and charles krautham he were was on the o'reilly program last night talking about why the g.o.p. insiders don't support newt. >> there are two reasons why i think they're against him or at least a large number of them. number one, they're worried that he's too erratic or unreliable. in a way, he's sort of a victim of his own creative intelligence. second, i think they're worried about if he can be elected and a lot of them are worried if he would be on the ticket, he would do so badly that he would hurt the house and the senate. >> this goes back to the polls that we just showed you earlier. i think the people who are in favor of newt gingrich are against the republican establishment. those -- that's why you're seeing this surge. and it's almost when a member of congress comes out and does not endorse newt gingrich, it fuels the fire for those people who
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like him, they like him because he's not ironically the republican establishment even though he was speaker of the house. it signifies the divide in the republican party between the candidate that maybe can win a general election and is part of the party establishment, mitt romney, and the one who is not. >> yeah, but party establishment but not the tea party because it seems like the tea party and the very conservative have not run to mitt romney where moderates say he's ok with me and perhaps even some democrats say i could probably go with him and the other thing to keep in mind, this one point is just bring us to january 3rdrd. let's say iowa goes to ron paul or it's a very small margin victory for newt gingrich. he can't really celebrate. yeah, i want iowa but i was winning it by 15 and then he goes to new hampshire and it's more than likely that mitt romney is going to be unbeatable there. i'm not saying it's not going to be close. unbeatable. so you're going to be going three weeks without any significant newt gingrich win and that will make people say well, maybe there isn't -- >> there might be a debate in that time period where he always performs well. i mean, i think it's exciting for the republican party to not
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just have a slam dunk. i think, you know, a lot of people want to go back to the days where it was actually brokered at the convention, you know, imagine that. it would make it all exciting and maybe the people would feel more a part of the process. >> ron paul will be a power broker regardless because they want his loyal voters and the people that support him. >> meanwhile, speaking of more debates, there will not be that news max debate two days after christmas, donald trump announced yesterday he will not be the moderator of it. they only had newt and rick santorum. trump said he's not willing to give up his right to run as an independent if the republicans don't nominate the right guy. here's donald. >> because of the fact that the republicans are upset and because of the fact that i refuse to give up the possibility of running as an independent candidate, i've decided to cancel the debate. i don't want to waste a lot of newt's time or rick santorum's
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time or donald trump's time so i won't give up the possibility of come around june running as an independent candidate. i just don't think it's fair to myself, to the country, to all of the millions of people who are following what i say because they're tired of having this country being ripped off. >> i don't see him running as an independent. he's made it clear in this program he doesn't want to see barack obama get a second term. if he was to run as an independent, that would split the vote. >> if ron paul has the nomination, he would. >> he had to say that, that was one of the main reasons why the candidates decided they would want take part in his debate. >> conflict of interest. >> maybe if he was going to be running for president, he shouldn't be moderator. >> i would think that's a bad excuse. for michelle bachmann who has a bunch of challenges if she wants to get the nomination. having debate with donald trump as part of an independent candidate is not one of the stumbling blocks for her. she had another opportunity to
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maybe answer different questions that would show a wider swath of knowledge. he's mad at her. at least mitt romney called me up indirectly and when i asked mitt romney that, why didn't you go? if it was a better time and i had more lead time, i have no problem with showing up. i don't think it's show business. i think it's necessary. i just can't fit it in. >> that's what ann romney said. it's debate, debate, debate. we don't have time. speaking of debate, next one will be here on the fox news channel. tune in at 9:00 p.m. eastern time live from sioux city, what washgs it should be great! >> coming up on our show, you see the rise in greece over spending cuts. what americans should be doing the same thing? >> and cbs is apologizing after the crew from "hawaii 5-0" pushed around some veterans at pearl harbor so they could shoot their show and get it done on time. the man who led those veterans will join us live to respond to the apology. >> well, folks, donald trump
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>> welcome back. with the u.s. national debt topping $15 trillion -- and growing, as you can see right there, experts say deep spending cuts aren't only necessary but inevitable. >> our next guest says when the government is finally asked to enact that sort of reform, you can see the same violence playing out in greece and the u.k. now a professor of international politics and american government at the citadel and the founder of the monday meeting. good to see you again. >> good to be here. thank you. >> good morning. >> you wrote this article saying that it's your belief and based
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on behavioral economics that we would better to do this in one full swoop, do all the cuts as opposed to the small increments. why? >> death by 1,000 cuts. there's going to be misery and there's going to be civil unrest regardless any time we make a cut but if we make cut after cut after cut, it will just inflame people more and more and we will see civil unrest unlike anything we've seen in our lifetime. >> right, and we've gotten a little taste of civil unrest in wisconsin and ohio as well. we see it internationally. when you look at the percentage of debt and there's some of it right there stateside, when you look at the percentage of debt to gdp, the united states, right now we're at 100%. we've got a graphic we can show, folks. zimbabwe does a better job than us. but here's the political reality to it, professor, if you went ahead and did it all at once, did a great big chop to the entitlements and the endowment effect as you refer to it, those people aren't going to get re-elected because the people
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out there sitting in the seats are going to say, i don't want anymore of that. good-bye! >> well, ultimately, you can't keep kicking the can down the road. you're not going to be able to borrow. you're going to become like greece. you have to look at the population right now as two basic groups. you have the net taxpayers and the net tax receivers which includes governmental employees. >> that's a big number. >> that's a big, big number and you're going to cause misery to those net tax receivers regardless but you can't keep going like that. >> the interesting thing is you would think that doing it in small doses would be less pain. what i'm fascinated by is your findings that it's actually the human behavior that we wanted, that we want it all in a big way even though we don't know we want it that way. >> gretchen, we really don't want it in a big way. what happens is every time you make a cut, you just inflame people more and more. so you just increase the pain exponentially by doing it over and over again. it's the old pull off the
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band-aid or rip it off a little bit at a time. >> which way do you do it? >> i just rip it off. >> that's your theory with this right here. problem is many americans are involved in what they call the endowment effect which is -- >> steve, once you get something, you don't want to give it up. even if you get -- even if you're going to get something that is of greater value, youment -- want more and much more. >> you don't want to give it up or take less. >> fascinating article, thanks for bringing it us to our attention. >> thank you so much for having me here. >> thanks, professor. >> it's no way to honor our heroes. crews from the tv show "hawaii 5-0" accused of pushing veterans around at pearl harbor so they can shoot their show. the man who led the veterans' trip here next. >> we just saw his picture. it might be g.e. ceo jeffrey imelt's best kept secret. what he's spending his money on. of course, it's not taxes. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of peoe
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lobbying rather than paying their taxes. all legal, apparently. they got $4.7 million in tax breaks. way to go! brian? >> all right, cbs now changing its tune after photos of the hawaii 5-0 crews stepping on headstones and disrupting a special veterans ceremony during pearl harbor week and it sparked outrage with you and everybody else. the network now issuing this apology. "any rudeness by our staff can only be attributed to the haste to finish our work, not a lack of respect for men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country." we sincerely apologize to any that were offended. so is that apology accepted? let's ask timothy davis, president and founder of the greatest generation foundation. and organized the trip to hawaii. tim, is that apology enough? >> no. no way. it was -- as i said earlier on, my 10-year-old can produce a better apology than what cbs has provided us. >> what was it like there?
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you're with these heroes, some in their late 80's and some in their early 90's and you're reliving this moment in infamy and to be treated like you were treated. describe how you felt how they felt. >> look, you know, my blood was boiling when we arrived there seeing about a ton of equipment stationed on top of the graves there at the cemetery. we went about, conducted our private ceremony, it was our closing ceremony. we played the national anthem and then we concluded with the playing of "taps". and i understand not everybody has the respect for our anthem and our military veterans but, you know, what we saw and the movement in the background was -- was shocking for me to see. and, you know, especially at a national shrine like the cemetery, it was disappointing for me and it was definitely disappointing for the veterans to see as well. >> and then they just wanted you out of the way. first, a group of you, i understand, was sitting 50 yards away and they pushed you 100 yards and 300 yards, none of
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that was good enough. >> yeah, you know what? i wasn't at that stage where what steffan tubbs was going through with his group of veterans. the national parks appointed a golf cart to me to transfer veterans from the lower portion of the memorial up to the top portion and as we stopped half way up to allow the veterans to go visit some of their fallen brothers, you know, these guys just came out of nowhere and pretty much said, you know, you need to move and you need to get out of the shot and i really at that stage didn't say anything to them other than pay some respect to these veterans. this is their first time back in 70 years. and how dare you approach these veterans and hush them along. it was a disgrace. it was an absolutely disgraceful event that took part. >> i agree with you. how do you tell that group of people we have to finish an episode of "hawaii 5-0", break this up now. here's an e-mail from the show's executive producer to the blogger who posted about this incident. he says "i spoke to approximately 30 folks. all say they paid respect during the anthem.
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then called lunch to give vets privacy and respect. everyone knows how much we respect our military. we couldn't do our show without them and since 80% of our crew is made up of locals with deep ties to the military, i can't imagine any of them doing things that you said. wish you contacted us before trashing us so aggressively in the blog." the bottom line as we're finding out, the column was right and this guy was wrong. >> you're right he was wrong, mate. he wasn't even there, so, you know, cbs, i have 24 war veterans, 23 of them pearl harbor survivors. oldest 96. youngest 89. you know what? i'm happy to bring forward these veterans that were there to testify on our behalf to show the mistreatment towards them. you know, as i said earlier on, it's a national disgrace, mate, for our war veterans and, you know, as one veteran described to us. this is the grand finale of my life to come back here. and to see how a production, a corporation such as cbs and its sponsors disrespect our
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veterans, it's an absolute disaster for them. >> they ask one last thing getting on the bus reportedly. can we see some of the cast members before we leave? they were on break. word came back from the cast, no. the veterans leave on the bus, get disrespected and can't even meet some people from the series. i was surprised they wanted to. but tim davis, thanks for great things you're doing in forming this organization. it's called the greatest generation foundation. and if people want to support it, go to it now. correct? >> that's correct. you know, we serve our world war ii crew and vietnam veterans and we take them back to where they fought and served and allow them to find closure at no cost to the veteran and we've been around for nearly 10 years now. it's a great cause for any veteran out there that wants to be involved, don't hesitate to contact us. >> great, tim davis, we'll have that information on foxandfriends.com. thanks for joining us today. >> you bet, mate. thank you. >> would you like to donate to a charity this holiday? before you shell out even a penny, stay tuned. dave ramsey here with not how to
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>> now for your shot of the morning, dance works boston spreading christmas cheer staging a flash mob for unsuspecting holiday shoppers at the prudential center mall. it starts with just one lone dancer and then more and more dancers join in. cue the flash mob. >> ♪ beautiful >> maybe it wasn't exactly spontaneous. dance works boston is boston's largest performance based dance organization. there you can see them at the prudential mall. >> not protesting that, right? >> wow, they're all good dancers for just joining in. reminds me of brian's dancing.
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>> going to start doing the "ymca" here. >> y! y! >> i've cheered so many times. i think it's the jets. >> let's talk about this story. you saw us earlier deciding that we would shake hands with one another because when you meet and greet somebody, isn't that what you teach your kids? to be polite to shake their hand in a firm manner and look them straight in the eye. >> in this country. >> in cambridge -- that's what i was getting to. in cambridge university in england, they're banning handshakes because it may not be culturally sensitive. they're talking about a people who are disabled and people who believe in the muslim faith that sometimes women of that faith are not allows to shake hands. maybe that's what that's all about. >> that's exactly right. >> do what howie mandel does, he fist pumps everybody because he's a germaphobe. >> they've made some adjustments in cambridge, for example in, 2009 because so many people were wearing casual clothes to graduation. they said ok, you got to wear a
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black suit and you've got to wear a white shirt as well. but then there were complaints and then they caved and suddenly, they were allowing women to wear burkas to this particular event and now, because they don't want to have anybody feel like a social misfit, they're saying ok, don't shake hands because you might be reading the situation wrong. >> all right, here's what sally hunt says. she's against this and she's at the university, too. she says this -- while i am sure this advice is well intentioned, academics are grown-ups and are intelligent enough when to shake a person's hand or not. >> exactly. >> probably said it with an accent. >> we need to call back stu varney to read that statement. >> would have been better than me. or a female voice. >> you can e-mail us or tweet as well. let's do some headlines now. >> government crackdown on illegal immigrants is reportedly jailing more and more u.s. citizens. "the new york times" reports that the bungled arrests are caused by flawed information from the homeland security bases.
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i was back and forth and they kept throwing me out. the exact number of americans wrongly arrested not known because homeland security reportedly doesn't keep track which is encouraging. >> fox news learning that investigators are checking jon corzine's phone records now and e-mails to see if he misled investors in the days before his firm collapsed. corzine will be back in the congressional hot seat tomorrow. yesterday, the former democratic senator of new jersey was grilled by more than a billion dollars in customers' money that's missing. >> never gave any instruction to misuse customer funds. i never intended anyone at m.f. global to misuse customer funds. >> a financial exchange executive, though, testified that corzine did know $175 million of his customers' money was being improperly transferred out of the firm a week before it went bankrupt. >> corzine is having a bad month. >> meanwhile, talk about extra baggage, 150 pounds of pot found inside some suitcases. somehow a couple managed to fly
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from phoenix into bishop international airport in flint, michigan, with four suitcases, that were, as you can see, full of marijuana. when their hall arrived, officials waited for the bags to be picked up and then picked up the suspects. they are expected in court later today. they have a lot of explaining to do. >> tried to save some cash, the u.s. mint is phasing out production of the presidential $1 coin. vice president joe biden says 40% of the coins end up being returned to the mint anyway because "nobody wants them"? >> look at that. >> talk about sitting on cash, the mint says there are enough dollar coins sitting in their vault to meet demand for a decade. according to the treasury, the move will save $50 million a year. i thought they were tossing around the idea to get rid of the actual paper dollar bill and go to coins to save this country money and now they're saying just the opposite. >> people don't want it. apparently we're confused. >> what a surprise. >> all right, brian, tell us about everybody's favorite quarterback. >> tim tebow, is broncos
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quarterback tim tebow dating winter olympics golden girl lindsay vaughn. that's the question that everybody in this room needs to know. you're about to find out. after she announced she was divorcing her husband of four years, she was spotted sitting in the tebow family luxury box during sunday's game. but vaughn's reps tell "the new york post" they're just friends. we'll pursue that story like there's nothing else happening in the world. from football to foot wear, you're looking at the new york giants superstar justin tuck. he teamed up with kenneth cole to raise money for his charity. he's one of the good guys and he called rush for literacy in new york city this week, what his foundation is all about. friends of the show, rich big daddy selgado is a big supporter of tuck's charity. >> you know what, it's all about the kids and, you know, that's all we always tell everybody, you know, we stress, you know, me being a part of your -- your board and your foundation and everything that we got going on here, it's just going to get bigger and bigger and bigger. >> it is and, you know, that's
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-- it's important to notice that the community is just, you know, kind of embraced what we're trying to do. >> and, you know, he does a lot of good. he's been doing this for years now. rush for literacy is working with schools in new york, new jersey and tuck's home state of alabama. of course, he went to notre dame and if he's not healthy, the giants will have a much harder time beating the redskins. nice job reporting. if you like radio, you'll like this, bill hemmer, martha and gretchen will be joining us for the whole first hour, i think, right? as well as bill martel and steve ross, we'll do a whole hour on iraq. catherine herridge. >> 'tis the season of giving. what do you need to know to give responsibly and to not get scammed? >> that scam part is the important part. dave ramsey is a personal financial expert and author of "entree leadership" and he joins us live from nashville. good morning to you, sir. >> good morning, merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you. because it is the christmastime, so many people are feeling like opening up their wallet and writing a check to some outfit. but you know, we don't know a
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lot about a lot of these places so you've got some tips on responsible giving. >> you know, i met with a guy who is a multimillionaire who gives away hundreds of millions of dollars a year and one of the things he taught me about giving was he said start treating your giving like it's an investment. if i'm going to make an investment, i investigate the investment. because this is an investment. it's investment in other people and it's an investment in god's money so treat it like an investment. that will take you a long way through your giving analysis. >> all right. we have some e-mails and questions for you this morning as well. steve from oklahoma has this one. dave, what percentage of my income do you recommend be earmarked for extra giving? we already give to our church. >> well, giving to your church is certainly a great place to start. those of us that are evangelical christians give a 10th, a tithe to our local church. above that, that would be called an offering in that world. but certainly, any percentage works. obviously, the more money you make, the less income -- the less outgo you have, the less
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debt you have, the more wiggle room that you have the higher percentage. i'm working sometimes with athletes or music stars or those kinds of things, they're able to give a larger percentage of their income. so it's not a certain percentage but sure is good to give at least 10. >> all right. james from new jersey writes this. when looking at a nonprofit organization's budget, what are the red flags i'm looking for? >> well, i want to look for some kind of certification from the group they operate in. there's lots of different watchdog groups in the charity world and look for those. for instance, the ecfa is one christian accountability. you can look for that in ministries is one. you can look for that. other things i'm looking for is look for the high salaries in people operating it and a high rash other of overhead. what percentage of the dollar goes to overhead vs. helping the people that the charity is supposed to be helping. >> that's such a good point and we've done stories on the outfit called charity navigator.org
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where they can tell -- you go on line and they'll tell you how much money they spend on management and how much money they give to the people. dave ramsey -- >> another great one. >> indeed. great having you. if we don't see you before the big guy in the red suit comes, merry christmas to you, sir. >> merry christmas to you guys. >> thank you, dave. >> bye, dave. >> next on the rundown, stunning allegations of voter fraud in one of the states that helped decide 2008 election. it's a story you'll only see here on "fox & friends." next. >> then it's the most expensive piece of real estate in america and it's on the market, folks. candy spelling here to take you on a tour. au >> first, your trivia question of the day. the droid razr by motorola.
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>> couple of quick headlines for you right now. u.s. postal service holding off on closing anymore branches until next may. it wants to give congress time to try to come up with the bailout. postal service has racked up $10 billion in debt this year alone. former new york mayor rudy giuliani says newt gingrich is a stronger candidate than mitt romney. giuliani ran against romney in 2008 and has not formally endorsed a candidate for 2012 but he will be on "fox & friends" tomorrow. fantastic. guys? >> a lot of people like newt. >> yep, the investigation is heating up in indiana. prosecutors are looking into allegations of election fraud stemming from the 2008 democratic presidential primary. eric shawn has been following this story and he's been in a few kitchens doing so. he joins us now with more. what happened, eric? >> hi, brian. hi, steve. this is pretty astounding. there are questions about whether or not president obama actually legally qualified to get on the indiana ballot in 2008 during the democratic primary there.
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there are allegations that signatures on the presidential petitions for the president and hillary clinton were forged. a slew of them allegedly faked. there's now an election fraud investigation, a criminal investigation ongoing in st. joseph county in the northern part of the state, south bend, notre dame, that area, about how this potentially could have happened. as part of our investigation, we talked to voters, a bunch of them who said they never saw in these petitions for the president. let's take a look at some of them and what they told us. >> is that your signature on this? >> that's not my signature. >> did you sign this petition for barack obama? >> no. >> you did not? >> no. >> so this is a forgery? >> it is. >> it's a fake. >> absolutely. >> it says here on this barack obama petition, it has your signature. is that your signature? >> no. no. >> you did not sign for barack obama. >> no, i did not sign for barack obama. >> someone forged this? >> that's correct. that's not my signature. i did not sign for barack obama. >> it's scary! you know, a lot of people have already lost faith in, you know, politics and the whole realm of
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politics and so this kind of solidifies all of our worries, our concerns. >> oh, boy. >> the -- the indiana democratic party calls this an isolated incident. the republican party, though, of indiana, they believe that the president in their words cheated. there's no indication or evidence this came from the obama campaign itself. but the chairman of the indiana republican party, he doesn't believe that the president even qualified to get on the ballot in the first place. >> if he wasn't qualified to be in the ballot, some might do the math, he shouldn't be president -- i'm not going to get into that. >> i don't know. >> right. exactly. all they needed were 500 signatures on that so had they known then, you know, these are bogus signatures or forgeries, they could have probably gone out and got some more. >> or it could have been challenged. here's how it works. in each congressional district in indiana, you need 500 signatures. the obama campaign qualified with 534, hillary clinton's campaign qualified, according to
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officials, with 704. so the president had like, you know, just under three dozen. well, they say about 150 of these signatures are faked! so that's all part of the investigation now to see how many were faked. how many were forged and theoretically if these petitions were challenged then, maybe he could have been knocked off the ballot but there was no challenge. they sailed right through the st. joseph county registration office, both the democrat and republican board certified the signatures and now that's all part of the investigation. >> all part of history. >> by the way, can i plug? >> quickly. >> voter fraud at foxnews.com if you suspect problems where you live. >> eric shawn, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> coming up straight ahead, it's one of the most famous homes in the world bigger than the taj mahal and the white house combined. we have a sneak peek inside the spelling mansion. candy spelling takes us on a tour next. >> that's quite a bathroom. first on this date in 1986, the bengals had the number one song in america with -- >> ♪ walk like an egyptian ♪ walk like an egyptian
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>> the answer to the question of the day is patty duke. the winner is barb riley from maryland. congratulations. >> all right. good job, everybody. hey, one of the most notorious homes in the world. spelling manor and last june, candy spelling had to pack up all 56,500 square feet to move after she sold the manor and hgtv captured it all on camera for their new special, it's called "selling spelling manor." >> candy spelling joins us now with a fascinating look inside this home. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> amazingly, you sold this house, i'm saying that because in a recession, you sold it for
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$85 million? >> that's right. >> to a 22-year-old! how did she get the dough? >> it wasn't justin bieber. >> you know, i guess there's not a lot to look forward to when you have a house that's bigger than the white house. >> now she has it. >> now she has it. that's what i meant. >> right. people have never -- as we look at some of the video here, candy, give us a tour of what this is. a lot of people have never seen the inside. >> this is the entry hall which has 30 foot ceilings. and -- >> look at those stairs. >> that's my "gone with the wind" stairs that i -- it's something i loved from a child and had to have it. if you look right here, you see the stairs being built. >> wow. >> and they were built in texas and then they brought them, you know, they brought them by truck and installed the whole thing as one solid piece. >> why did you want or allow the cameras to come in to take this first ever look? >> well, i thought -- and i really had never showed it before that it was kind of, you know, a wonderful thing to kind
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of share chronologically, you know, my husband who has now passed away and my children and everyone grew up there and it was -- i was the keeper of the memories so i was going to share the memories with everybody. >> what's that room right there? was that -- it looked like a -- >> closet. >> i didn't see it. >> i'm sorry. >> i missed it. i didn't look over here. >> that right there. >> no, that's my silver room. >> oh. of course! >> you know, when you -- yes, a room for silver but, you know, when you entertain dignitaries, heads of state, presidents. >> can't give them pigs in a blanket. >> princes, you know, you have to -- you know, you have to have the equipment to have a fabulous party. >> let me ask you something, all those years, all those memories. look at these pictures. how tough was it to say good-bye? >> you know, it was -- it was a real bittersweet moment. i mean, the surrealism of having to move out of the house, i don't care how big or little you live but to have to move in 30
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days and pack up everything and i call it my stuff, when you mentioned 56,500 square feet, that was just the house. there was an attic. >> that's a lot of stuff. >> there was an attic with 17,000 square feet. >> oh, my gosh! >> that was full of boxes and storage. >> like a museum, candy. >> why did you move? >> i moved because it was just me at home now. >> it wasn't that you needed the money. it's like this is a big place for one person. >> it's a very big one place for one person. >> where do you live now? >> i'm in a temporary condominium while i'm building the new condominium that's in century city. >> how many square feet? >> 17,000 square feet. >> for one person. >> but i'm actually living in an apartment that's 6,000 square feet right now. >> how do you make due? >> before you leave real quickly, how are relations with your daughter? >> fabulous! fabulous! and in fact, i was there for thanksgiving. and i was there at the birth of
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haddie when she just had her about eight weeks ago. >> tori. >> tori and my son who lives in portland, between my two children, i have four grandchildren. >> wonderful. >> pretty nice, huh? >> if folks would like to see how it all went down, check it out on hgtv. all right. candy spelling, thank you very much. >> thank you for having me. thank you. >> we need a silver room, didn't we? >> i winner i would have known this for sale. i would have put in a bid. i would have outbid that heiress in a second. >> even if it was $0.85. >> all right, thanks, candy. coming up on the show, what happened to we can't wait? the president now says he'll veto a bill to build an oil pipeline across the country. is he putting politics before good paying jobs? we'll ask our panel that. we report, you decide next hour. >> and santa stops by the senate. so which lawmakers got coal? the answer will put a smile on your face. so who ordered the cereal that can help lower olesterol
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>> gretchen: good morning, everyone. today is wednesday. you made it to the middle of the week, december 14. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for sharing your time with us today. house republicans gave the president what he asked for, a bill to extend the tax cuts for january. but senate democrats say they don't like it because -- >> they have attached the poison pill, colleagues, literally, 'cause it will kill 8100 more people. >> gretchen: is it really a deadly catch to the payroll tax cut extension? we'll explain. >> steve: the president ought to celebrate a campaign promise pet. he's visiting fort bragg to mark the end of the war in iraq. but john mccain says he couldn't be more wrong. >> brian: it's all about how we're leaving. moments ago, time magazine announced its person of the year. here is a clue, it's not a person. >> steve: how can it be the person of the year?
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>> brian: how dare you ask a person like that? "fox & friends" starts right now >> i'm donald trump and you're watching "fox & friends" and if you turn the channel, you're fired. >> gretchen: my goodness. >> brian: i had a chance to sit down with him for the christmas special. prime time christmas special that will be -- it usually outstrips all the networks combined. he said something after i interviewed his entire family about christmas, he said, you mind if i tell you something honestly? so of course, i said yeah, tell me. he goes, your ties suck. >> brian, you're fired. >> gretchen: is this a -- i was going to say, i love your tie today. >> brian: he says, wear up with of my ties. they're at macy's. >> gretchen: if you wear it, you become a millionaire? >> brian: i think so. >> steve: i love your tie. >> gretchen: wow. >> steve: very nice. >> gretchen: so you got the
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firsthand chance to find out why he decided not o do his debate either. he has canceled it. >> brian: i'm very surprised that he canceled it. we've had huntsman, we had cain and gingrich. it was fine. what is wrong with seeing rick santorum with newt gingrich answering some questions from donald trump? i would have been happy with that? >> steve: he says he's got a good remain. but time for news. >> gretchen: president obama off to fort bragg, north carolina today to mark the end of the war in iraq, but some are wondering if this victory lap is deserved. >> brian: peter doocy is live in washington, d.c. with more on the president's visit. >> good morning, brian and gretchen and dad. yeah, in nine years sips the iraq war started, fort bragg lost over 200 servicemen and women. that's where the president and the first lady are going to be later on today. when the president gives a speech about the end of the iraq war, 2 1/2 weeks all u.s. troops are set to leave that country for good.
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>> the iraqi security forces have gotten more and more effective. that doesn't mean things are perfect there. it does mean that it was time for them to take full responsibility for their country and that was their preference as well as ours. >> but victory lap is how some republicans are describing the president's speech today and they don't mean it as a compliment. senator john mccain's office says he will give a statement on the senate floor today that will be hard hitting and similar to this news release he put out on monday that said in part: the sacrifices of both our people -- the americans and the iraqis -- in a long and costly war, the continued needs of iraq security forces and enduring u.s. interest and stable and democratic iraq all demanded a continued presence of u.s. troops beyond this year, but domestic political considerations in each country has been allowed to trump our common security interests. speaking of b the president also
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said yesterday that keeping america strong should be washington's number one priority and something else his press secretary said yesterday is that today's speech at fort bragg will be an opportunity for the president to thank the 1 million americans who served in iraq and explain to them what their sacrifice means now that the war is almost over. back to you. >> steve: all right. thank you very much for the live report. meanwhile, you would think the people -- that the occupant of the white house would be happy with what the house of representatives did last night. 234-193, including ten democrats, they voted to extend the payroll tax cut. plus they're going to extend unemployment and all sorts of stuff. what's interesting, though, is while the president said that's my number one priority, let's pass that, he's not going to be happy because the republicans are not jacking up anybody's taxes. >> gretchen: what they wanted to do -- the president wanted the wealthy to pay for this. the republicans don't want to do
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that. they added the keystone pipeline to it. here is how the republicans would pay for it. one year pay freeze on federal workers. higher pension costs for those federal workers. higher medicare costs for senior s who make over $85,000 in income. that's how they would pay for it. not just saying yeah, let's tax the millionaires and billionaires again. but they also put on that other thing which we'll get to. >> brian: we're going to get to it shortly. but i think it's interesting, the house passes a bill. 14 republicans opposed it. but they did pass it. the senate sarks before you get here, let me tell you it's dead and before it gets to my desk, the president says i'm going o veto it. they're not going to try to work it out. >> steve: the democrats and the senate are absolutely going to kill it. barbara boxer is a democrat in the senate. here is her comment. >> they have attached a poison pill, colleagues, literally,
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'cause it will kill 8100 more people than otherwise would have been killed from pollution. >> steve: so that extraordinary claim that because the republicans have attached this thing that would delay boiler regulations that the epa recently enacted, apparently with it would do is it would continue to exempt coal fire boilers from epa regulations. she's doing the math. she says if you keep those boilers working, they're going to be puffing out all that stuff that's going to kill 8100 americans. >> gretchen: so this one provision that we were alluding to earlier, the republicans in the house tacked on the keystone pipeline. that's the oil line, as you see here on this graphic coming from canada, down through the united states. the path i believe has been adjusted now, down to texas. remember, the president was at one point behind this because the latest figures show that it would add about 20,000 jobs to our economy right now, which we desperately need. but then about a month ago, he said i'm going to hold off on this decision until more studies
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are done and guess when the date is for the decision? after the election. so now the republicans are saying, wait a minute. you told us you can't wait to pass that jobs bill, told that all throughout the summer. we're now saying to you, we can't wait to create jobs for americans. >> brian: here is majority whip kevin mccarthy last night. >> here is a president that campaigns around the country saying, we can't wait, then he says, i can't make a decision. this is a pipeline that comes from canada that goes all the way down to louisiana. fly energy. canada says if we don't make the decision, they'll sell it to china. this is a pattern of behavior. when he was in the senate, his number one vote was to abstain. >> brian: so this has been attached to the bill. the unions are for it. it would give us economic security. canada is our friend. it will be something positive. environmentalists are against it. so therefore, the president
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didn't want to anger one group even if it means praising another group that normally support him. so he punted. this makes him not punt and not fair catch it, but play the ball. >> steve: what they've done is they've already suggested -- they're worried about it going over an aquifer, so they moved it hundreds of miles to calm those people down, so now the fact that they're punting it seems arbitrary because they've done all the environmental test, they've done all the studies. it seems like he doesn't want to hack anybody off before the election. he will do anything to get reelected and he certainly do not want to anger his union base nor his green base. >> gretchen: the senate will take care of it for him. for the political side of the story, they'll punt it so they won't have to. >> steve: then it's going o have to come back. >> gretchen: we're learning more about one of the victims in the army chopper crash. 36-year-old frank was one of four soldiers killed at joint base lewis mccord near tacoma, washington. he served three tours in iraq
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and afghanistan. he unfortunately leaves behind a wife and four children, including a son with special needs that they had just adopted >> being a wife above anything, they don't make them like frank. they really don't. >> gretchen: the army expected to release the names of the other victims today. it's a fox news exclusive. leon panetta telling us there are no plans to stop the u.s. drone program along the iran-afghanistan border. he says it will absolutely continue despite the loss of a drone to iran. later this week he'll be in bag doing for a ceremony to mark the end of the u.s. war in iraq. police in belgium found another victim of that grenade attack and shooting rampage that left six people dead, including the attacker. police say the body of a 45-year-old woman believed to be a cleaning lady was found in a warehouse used by the gunman to grow marijuana. he was a convicted sex attacker
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and drug dealer. investigators say he targeted christmas shoppers using a pistol, rifle, and hand grenades. more than 120 people were eventually hurt. the motive is still not known. time unveiling its person of the year, only this person, more symbolic. it's, you guessed it, the protester. the magazine honoring protesters and their movement all across the globe, from the revolts in egypt against hosni mubarak to the occupy wall street movement. >> brian: you could equate both of them in this article? are you kidding me? >> gretchen: time says protests have marked the rise of a new generation. what about steve jobs? i don't know. >> brian: i thought that might work. and mid wrestling team sex. >> gretchen: what about gabby giffords? >> brian: that's unbelievable that this movement. they equate the uprising of the egyptian people after 50 years of repression to a bunch of people in zuccotti park who don't like wall street bankers.
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>> steve: yeah. >> gretchen: i think they got away from the political arguments by putting them all into one pot, or attempted to. >> brian: they attempted to. straight ahead, still ahead on this very show, can newt gingrich's opponents bring him down by digging up dirt from the '90s or do voters see a whole new newt? the debate next. >> steve: then, he's a huge fan of our troops serving overseas and he's fresh off his military duty. chris dautry live on "fox & friends" this morning. ♪ i'm burning out this useless telephone ♪ ♪ my hair is gone ♪ cheap cologne ♪ motor home ♪ i'm the rocket man! [ both ] ♪ rocket man ♪ burning out his fuse up here alone ♪ burning out his fuse up here alone? ahh.
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but newt gingrich's supporters say the former house speaker has turned a new leaf. our political panel is here now. mark is co-founder of tea party patriots. todd, former white house economic advisor and author of "rush, why you need and love the rat race." and tara is a former aide to jim mcgreevey and political strategist. good morning. >> good morning. >> gretchen: let me start at the end. co-founder of tea party patriots, mark, i would assume maybe you would be on the outside of the gop establishment and you might like the new newt gingrich. is there such a thing as a new newt gingrich? >> i think that's the best question you could ask. i don't think there is. he has a long history and his behavior today is consistent with that long history. i think folks are paying more attention to that history than ever before and i think newt better than anybody else would understand that. >> gretchen: all right. so why is it different with the voters? i want you to look at these two polls. so these are gop primary voters. 40%, he's broken the threshold of 40% now. they like gingrich.
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then you drop down to 23% for romney. 9 for senator paul. et cetera. now you compare that to the general electorate. romney does better against obama, 45 to obama's 37%. gingrich slips to 40 and obama beats him. so my question to you, todd, is why does the general electorate like romney and the primary voters like newt gingrich? >> because with newt gingrich, it's 16 past the hour. it's just a matter of time before he says something dumb or wreckless. the one thing that hasn't changed is that newt gingrich is a great target for democrats to attack. they will portray him as a symbol of the federal government. they'll say he's big, he's out of control, he's fat and he's out of touch. and that's exactly how he can be portrayed and i think republican primary voters ought to be very concerned about that. >> gretchen: why do they like him? by the way, he's been in all these debates and he really hasn't had -- >> he's an interesting guy,
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innovative guy. we live in an era of reality television where interesting performers rise to the top before they're pricked examine before they blow up. republicans shouldn't want that kind of candidate. >> gretchen: tara, do you agree with this, this is a reality tv phenomenon, that's why newt gingrich is on top of the polls now? >> i will give it to newt gingrich. he's a very good debater. so he had a strong showing in the various debates. but the reality is, democrats would be easier for us to attack newt gingrich. not because we could portray him as instability, as part of the problem, but because he is part of the problem. newt gingrich is the equipmentessential politics for profit politician. that's his biggest issue. forget the personal issues. put that aside. it's the ethical issues, it's the lobbying for freddie mac. it's all of those things that make him very much part of what americans are tired of. >> what republicans ought to be more concerned about is newt gingrich is the guy who sat closer to nancy pelosi than i'm
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sitting next to tara. newt gingrich is the guy who admitted, quote, i melt when i'm in bill clinton's presence and i need two hours to detoxify. i'm worried about a guy who melts in the face of charming democrats. >> gretchen: yet living in an era where nothing gets done on capitol hill because there is no such thing as bipartisanship anymore. i don't know, maybe some people would like that. mark, my question to you is why did the voters like newt gingrich? they know all this stuff about him and i'm wondering, we got a lot of e-mail about this, people say they only care about the person who can fix our country, present tense. they don't give a rip about the other stuff. >> i think they like him because he's a good talker. he's saying all the right things and saying it in the right tone. for example, folks love the fact he goes head to head with the media. he'll push back. those who are watching, we like that. it feels good to us. i think there is an emotional connection being made. but time has shown us throughout this primary especially that
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those emotional connections fade as people do their real home homework. >> gretchen: new numbers show which way the swing states now, which way are they going and what does it mean for the white house? our panel back right after this. then, how could you forget this mug? ten years after his arrest, nick nolte finally reveals the true story behind his freaky photo? can't wait to hear that one ♪
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>> steve: now for some headlines. the ntsb wants a national ban on all electronic devices while driving. that means no texting, no phone calls, even hands free, no.
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they say way too many people are being killed and state laws right now don't work. and it's called for christmas on capitol hill, during the senate secret santa exchange, senator joe manchin electric west virginia gifted fellow democrat chuck schumer with two pieces of coal from west virginia carved into the shapes of a donkey and an elephant. manchin received lumps of coal from democrat mark udoll. that's nice. gretch? >> gretchen: he wop the presidency by carrying key swing states but new numbers show president obama is not only trailing in those areas, but could be losing some of his supporters as democrat voter enthusiasm drops to a low of 47%. we're back with our panel. good to see you all back. you decided to stick around for another discussion. >> i was waiting for the coffee. >> gretchen: well, i guess we can get you some after this commercial break here.
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tara, the democratic enthusiasm, 47%, the republican enthusiasm for the upcoming election, 61%. are you worried? >> certainly there is no secret, i don't want to be cast in obvious here, but president obama is going to have a very challenging, hard-fought election cycle. there is no question about that. i think the bigger issue for the president, though, that not a lot of people are talking about and i'm sure my colleagues tonight want to talk about this, is that these voter suppression law, these laws that disenfranchise many of his key supporters, things like closing polling places earlier in urban centers, all of these laws that have been put in place by republican legislature, that's going to be the biggest issue the president is going to face. there are about 5 million voters that will be impacted by that. >> gretchen: i think there is the flip side because there is a tremendous amount of voter fraud that favored president obama. but that's for another day and another time. mark, let me get your thoughts on the enthusiasm. do you think that that poll that i just shared means that more
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republicans will go out to vote than democrats? >> i think it definitely does. we see it in our base, the tea party movementers, people are organizing already. they're holding meeting, vetting candidates. it's going to affect not only the presidential, but the down ticket in the city council. >> gretchen: todd, look at another poll. this has to do with the swing states. there were 12 of them and in 2008, president obama won all of them. look at now what's happened. there has been a shift, like a 5% shift, democrats lost 5% in these swing states as far as registered people. republicans have gained 5%. your thoughts? >> look, if you're a democrat and you're a moderate, you realize gosh, this hope and change thing didn't work out so well, so i might as well, if i'm an independent, try the republicans. if you're a left wing democrat, you say, hey, guantanamo bay is still open! he was supposed to close it. you say, he was supposed to bring all the -- afghanistan, we sent 100,000 troops to
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afghanistan. we're killing people across the globe. americans top assassin. if you're on the left side of the democratic party, he's been a disaster. if you're in the middle, you say it really hasn't worked out and the republicans are the ones left with some enthusiasm. >> gretchen: tara, do you want to go up against your colleague? >> i would like to address a couple things. i think the republican party isn't exactly lighting the world on fire. the republican presidential candidates throughout are not really resonating as well either. so that's a good thing for the president. that's not how you want to win, but it's certainly a good thing for him. i do think, though, that the bigger issue that many of the democrats complain about and you hear amongst moderate democrats as well as liberal democrats is not so much that they are upset with the president's policies. they understand what he encountered. they understand what he's dealing with. what they're upset about is they feel he hasn't pushed back hard enough against the republicans. that's what the democrats are really buy and large, that's the largest complaint that you hear from democratic voters. >> gretchen: another fellow
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democratic voter from california says he thinks obama would have been happier as a professor. >> i would have been happier if he were a professor than a president. >> i think it's a little disingenuous to say that's what democrats are upset about. for the first two years, he had the house and senate, he could have done pretty much whatever he wanted. i speak to people across the aisle. they're furious. they're angry because he didn't deliver. it was hope and change. he had all three branches of government. he could have done what he wanted and he chose not to do so. he went main stream and status quo. >> gretchen: thanks so much and i promise coffee. good to see you. we told you how the crew of the show "hawaii 5-0" pushed these veterans out of the way so they could get their filming done. well, you spoke up and now we have an update for you. fresh off his military tour, chris daughtry to share what he saw overseas. the singer joins us live next
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saving it forwar now, that'sprogressive. >> because of the fact that the republicans are upset and because of the fact that i refuse to give up the possibility of running as an independent candidate, i've decided to cancel the debate. i don't want to waste a lot of
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newt's time or rick santorum's time or donald trump's time. so i won't give up the possibility of come around june running as an independent candidate. i just don't think it's fair to myself, to the country, to all of the millions of people that are following what i say because they're tired of having this country being ripped off. >> brian: you got the idea. his feelings are the same, but he doesn't want to go ahead with the debate. so many people said no. having those two is not enough for donald trump. >> steve: he wants to reserve the right to run for president if the republicans don't nominate the right person. i'd like to introduce you to two of my new best friends. we got ed here, good morning, ed. >> good morning. >> steve: and david. >> good morning. >> steve: you guys both were looking forward to watching the donald have his own debate, right? >> absolutely. >> steve: why? >> this is the only way we can find out what the candidates -- what the platform is, what their
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policies are. >> steve: yeah, but there are a million of debates. but the donald trump debate would be different. newt gingrich himself said it would. >> absolutely. >> i for one would love to see someone on the different side of, i don't know, society, someone that's more familiar with the public eye. >> steve: in fact, donald trump himself said he might -- he's probably smarter than a number of the moderators who have done some of the debates thus far. what about his suggestion that if the republicans don't nominate the right person, he reserves the right to run as an independent? what do you think about that? >> sounds like a man that's not committed. >> steve: how many men are really committed to politics or anything else? what do you think? >> i don't know. it's a little disrespectful, i think, to some of the other candidates. but if he thinks he can do a better job, let him run. >> steve: there you go. that's the trump way. all right. very nice. thanks, ed.
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go to work. >> god bless america. >> steve: david is a teacher. he's going to go teach the kids about america and english lit. let's go ahead and teach you about the weather and as you can see, we got a big storm all the way from texas up through the great lakes. this is going to be a winter storm maker, all the way from portions kansas up through the northern plains. there will be snow and ice and sleet and rain. also you can see it moving through the ohio valley, down through west virginia as well. dixieland right now is nice and dry. the next map shows you the current readings as you head out the door on this wednesday. it's only 22 in rapid city. 24 in caribou. in the big town of new york city, we got 40, about the same for cleveland and temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s from the central down through the southern plains. and that is your fox travelcast from the streets of new york city. gretch, brian, back in to you. >> brian: get back in here, steve. >> gretchen: thank you very much.
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now to the rest of your headlines for wednesday. government crackdown on illegal immigrant social security reportedly jailing more and more u.s. citizens. while the "new york times" reports the bungled arrests are caused by flawed information from the department of homeland security database. however, the exact number of americans wrongfully arrested is not known because homeland security reportedly does not keep track. oops. brian? >> brian: i'm back. investigators are checking jon corzine's own records and e-mails to see if he misled investors in the days before his firm mf global collapsed. he will be back in the copingial hot seat tomorrow and yesterday the former democratic governor of new jersey who was senator from new jersey was grilled about more than a billion dollars in customer's money that's missing. >> i never gave any instruction to misuse customer funds. i never intended anyone at mf
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global to misuse customer funds. >> brian: financial exchange executive testified corzine knew much of the money was being improperly transferred a week out of the firm a week before it went bankrupt. there is a problem there. >> gretchen: nick nolte setting the record straight on that infamous mug shot. remember this one? it was snapped after he was busted for driving drunk ten years ago. can you believe it's ten years? now nolte revealing that was not his actual mug shot after all. this picture was snapped at the hospital where he was taken for a blood test. he claims a police officer wanted a picture of him, so nolte let him take it. why would you let someone take that photo of you? but anyway. >> brian: remember, he was very good on "rich man, poor man." >> steve: those were the days. >> brian: okay. let me tell you what's going on of the cbs changing its tune after these photos sparked outrage. they show a "hawaii 5-0"
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"disrupting a ceremony during pearl harbor week. they issued this, any rudeness by our staff can be attributed to haste to finish our work, not a lack of respect for men and women who served for sacrifice for their country. for that he sincerely apologized to any offended. we talked to timothy davis of the greatest generation foundation. he organized the veterans trip. is that policy enough -- apology enough? >> no. no way. as i said earlier on, my ten-year-old can produce a better apology than what cbs provided us. how tear you approach these veterans and hush them along? it was a disgrace. >> brian: some viewers are still outraged. they're threatening to boycott the show because of it. >> steve: speaking of the military, our next guest is fresh off a tour visiting our men and women overseas. >> brian: we're talking about chris daughtry who finished fifth in "american idol" and somehow made something of yourself.
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how did you do -- welcome back. your impression of what we just told you about that story over in hawaii with those veterans? >> i don't know. i don't want to comment on that. it's a touchy thing. >> brian: but you just went and visit add whole bunch of veterans. >> brian: where did you go? >> man, everywhere. there was a few places they told us not to talk about or they'll electrocute me. we started in spain and ended in germany and went to the middle east and parts of asia. we literally flew over afghanistan. i was able to look out the window and see the mountains and it was extremely beautiful and hard to believe that's a war zone. it was a very rewarding thing for us to do and it was very humbleing. we were visiting u.s. air force bases and we get to go home for christmas and a lot of those men and women are there. it was very humbling to see just
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a taste of what they go through on a daily basis. >> steve: one thing we hear when entertainers receive from overseas is they knew it would be moving, but didn't know it would change their lives. >> it was definitely a life changing experience i don't think i'll ever forget, absolutely. i'd be -- i would jump at the chance to do it again. >> steve: why? >> something we do anyway, that we're play music anyway, to see how grateful they were for something so simple, we're just going over there and doing what we do and it turns out they don't see a lot of that. the gratitude was overwhelming. >> gretchen: i know you're a family guy and maybe i was wondering if that pulled at your heart strings, too, because a lot of these members of the military have families and little kids back at home. >> absolutely. >> gretchen: we see all that video when they come home and the joy in hugging that parent. you have is it four kids now? >> four kids. >> gretchen: this is your wife
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here if this beautiful photo. you had twins, right? >> they just turned a year old. they change every day. i go away for a couple weeks and these men and women are away from their kids, sometimes before they were even born. they don't see any of the stuff. it definitely made me appreciate a lot. >> brian: also one of the tips you have, i understand, christmas morning, is make sure if santa happens to get toys that need batteries, make sure you have batteries. that is one of the tips you have. >> i've been on the receiving end of not having batteries before and it can be a little hectic. >> brian: do you prefer duracell batteries? >> we actually use them on the road. >> brian: you do? >> for all our wireless packs, our mikes and everything. >> steve: i think we use them, too. >> gretchen: what is the internet concert today?
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>> facebook.com/duracell. we're doing a free concert for anyone to log on and a little christmas -- couple christmas songs in there and bunch of daughtry songs. you can log on in your living room, bathroom, wherever you facebook. >> gretchen: 3:00 p.m. eastern time today. facebook sponsored by duracell? >> that's correct. >> brian: very nice. you are an american success story above and beyond the great things you do for the military and the concert today. without "american idol," everyone was stunned still to this day that you did not win it, that you got eliminated. without "american idol," do you believe with your talent you would have emerged anyway? do you ever talk about that? >> i'd like to think so, but the reality is i did it for ten, 11 years in clubs and spinning wheels and not really going anywhere. times have changed. so you have to kind of roll with the punches and change with it. i don't see a lot of people going to clubs checking out
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bands to sign anymore. they go to the television or youtube or facebook or my space, check out people. >> gretchen: that's an interesting point. i never thought of it. >> that's kind of the auditions. >> steve: tv producers are doing the leg work. check out his new cd, it's his third and called "break the spell." thank you very much. merry christmas to you. >> merry christmas. >> brian: see you soon. >> steve: straight ahead on "fox & friends," if church leaders want to shut down one of their parish, should the government be allowed to step in and stop them from shutting down the church? peter johnson, jr. next with a surprising ruling. >> gretchen: this christmas, why not give one of these pups a present they'd love? a warm, loving home. how you can help, coming up. >> brian: chris, what do you think? >> i don't need a dog. we're good. >> brian: it will be a surprise from me. ♪
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say, no, we want to do it our way. you can't do it your way. in this particular case, judge jones writing for the court of appeals in new york state, the highest court of the state said, listen, we've looked at this and it's been our determination that although these folks were, in fact, parishioners at one point of this church, in lower manhattan near the tunnel, originally a lithuanian church, designed to serve those immigrants, no one is going to that church anymore. there is no more baptisms, no more weddings, so we have to respect the decision of the arch bishop, cardinal egan to say no, listen, we suppressed the church as a religious matter. we're closing it down and now it's in bad shape. we don't have the money to keep it going. >> steve: can't fix the roof. >> we need to knock it down. so the court said, listen, we're going to stay out of this. we've looked at the rule of law and we think under new york state law, the roman catholic faith, along with 35 other faiths whom there are carveouts
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for, their religion, their rules, their ritual, their customs should be respected. really it's a lesson for american, for courts across the united states that want to cross the line and jump into the affairs of churches. >> steve: let's take a look at the statement from the parishioners' attorney. they say the parishioners are disappointed. it's unfortunate that the church hag allowed to incorporate its parrishs to protect itself on the liability side while at the same time maintaining full control of the corporation and the parrish's property. >> clearly no one wants to close it down, any church. but sometimes in terms of religious necessity and economic necessity and where those two come together, the determination of the church or a mosque or a temple, that should be is a crow sank and protected by the constitution of the united states. the courts should not be meddling in what are called' ecclesiastescal decisions made by the head of one faith or
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another. the catholic church is run by the faith, the cardinal, bishops and down. they happy to be roman catholics and we have to step in line. that's the rule of law. >> steve: congratulations. you got a big win. peter johnson, jr., we thank you very much. >> good to see you. good win for the constitution. >> steve: indeed. thank you. all right. straight ahead, after the break, how you can help find these dogs a new home just in time for christmas. one of them has been looking for a home since april. no, we're not talking about brian, the guy with the donald trump tie. right back i've got nothing against these do-it-yourself steam cleaners. lugging around a hot water extraction unit can be a rush! that's why i'm carpet for life. but if things get out hand, there's no shame in calling us. ♪call 1-800-steemer.
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>> mitt romney is here with us live this morning at "america's newsroom." brand-new poll numbers in iowa to look at and the head to head against president obama. he will react to those. signs he's taking off the gloves against newt gingrich. can he bring it home in iowa?
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we'll talk to him about that. congressman kevin mccarthy, chris wallis, tucker carlson all coming up. bill and i join you at the top of the hour. >> brian: all right. martha will be on the radio as well. everyone wants to be hole for the holidays, including our four legged friends. there are many adorable dogs out there that do not have a home. what a great gift it might be for you. here to explain how you can help as part of our paws for a cause, she didn't do the snorting, that was one of the dogs, loretta, and malana, doing great things. welcome back, ladies. >> thank you. >> brian: loretta, what is your focus? >> our focus, our mission is to rescue animals from the shelters, both on long island and in the city that are in need of medical attention. so we rescue the ones that are sick. we rescue the ones with broken bones. we rescue the ones that are emaciated. we rescue the ones that really
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need medical attention. we also rescue seniors and we try to rehabilitate them and get them into homes. >> brian: this is jack. jacks has been here before, right? >> that's correct. he came to us from the acc in brooklyn with a broken elbow, a broken front arm. and he had to have reconstructive surgery done. we did do the reconstructive surgery about six weeks ago, yeah. and now the pins are out, the rods are out and now he's healed and he's ready to go home. >> brian: that's fantastic. you did the surgery and this dog is really happy. so we got to get him a home. >> very playful. >> brian: he's a lot of fun. now, right now we also have terrence. by the way, what is the mix on jacks? >> i would say he's a pit mix. >> brian: we're still exploring. now over here we have terrence. terrence is a little shy. a year old, but so mellow. >> terrence was we think dumped by his owners. he was living on the street for
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some time. >> brian: both from brooklyn? >> yes. >> brian: are they excited about the nest. you tonight know what his history is? >> no. we don't know how long he was on the street for. he was pretty skinny when we got him and a bit stinky, too. he's filled out quite a bit and he's a very happy go lucky dog. a big mush. >> brian: look at this. if you could zoom in. i love the way if you push one wrinkle town, the other wrinkle pops up. it's amazing. i could do this all day. but you were saying this would be free. correct? where could we contact if you we wanted to pick up the dogs? >> there is our web site. we have a web site with a phone number for forgetten friends on the web site and, yeah. we have rescue -- an adoption contract, adoption application that people would have to fill out. we do a home check. we make sure the people are going to give the dog or cat a good home, that if they have
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pets in the house, that their pets have been to vets and there is a small adoption fee. but, of course, what people have to understand is that we fund raise for every cent that we get in to take care of the animals. our bills are high. >> brian: this reminds me of what steve and gretchen do when i do my solo act. they sniff each other and walk around each other. this is very similar. and steve will often lay down and gretchen will say please, steve, get up. this is fantastic. this is all fun. we got to get jacks a home and get terrence a home. and we're going to link it to kilmeade and friends -- excuse me. "fox & friends." we're going to link it through our web site. this is all fun, kids. don't worry. they really like each other. look at his tail wagging. tails don't wag if it's a real fight. get these two a home. paw force a cause continues. back in a moment. so we earned a holiday trip to the big apple twice as fast! nner! [ garth ] we get double miles every time we use our card.
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